Will my daughter’s irregular period stabilise?

Dear Doctor, My 12-year-old daughter got her first period almost three months ago. It lasted a week. However, it hasn’t occurred again. Is this normal? When does it become regular?

When the woman is the family breadwinner

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IT was a perfect marriage for Lovence Mukabalisa. She had a good paying job while her husband was a high flying senior civil servant. Everything was going as expected in...

Haidara on Kigali’s first ever Natural Hair Show and Beauty Expo

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Alexanderia Haidara is the brain behind the upcoming Kigali Natural Hair Show and Beauty Expo slated for November 3 and 4 in Kigali. She is the proprietor of the Marina...

KWEZI AND I...Setting and sticking to routine

Some people are naturally creatures of habit. They have a routine that they follow every day, Monday to Sunday and January to December. While I admire that, I am unfortunately...

Am I suffering from post-partum depression?

Dear Doctor, I’m a new mother, my baby just turned three months but I’m always tired. What’s funny is that I do get some rest as she is not a...

Why would a father rape his own child?

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It reads like a script from a movie. A man rapes his own daughter resulting into a pregnancy and birth of a baby girl. Full of shame the girl flees...

Ashimwe on how her Urubohero project will empower teen girls

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23-year-old Fiona Doreen Ashimwe was among the 15 finalists during this year’s Miss Rwanda beauty pageant. Last week, together with partners, she visited SOS Technical School in Kagugu to enlighten...

KWEZI AND I...The pursuit of the word ‘mummy’

The biggest part of this year has been a rollercoaster ride of sorts. Kwezi seems to be growing a little bit faster and with her growth come my own expectations....

How can I deal with insomnia?

I am 31 years old and for a long time now, I have suffered with insomnia. ​I have a terrible sleeping pattern and can’t seem to sleep at night, yet...

Meet McFarlane, a rape victim on a mission to end sexual violence

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Eighteen years ago, Claire McFarlane was brutally raped and left for dead on the streets of Paris.

KWEZI AND I...The story of silver fish

I have always said that Kwezi loves food so there is no story there. I have also always said that she is not picky but I guess I was wrong....

My baby’s appetite is insatiable

Dear Doctor, My daughter is two years old and she has always had a healthy appetite. However, I sometimes worry that she over-eats, if there is such a thing. Nothing...

How to smoothly sail through adolescence

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October 11 marked the International Day of the Girl Child, a day that aims at highlighting and addressing challenges faced by young girls. It also presents a platform to renew...

Ask The Counsellor

Being spouses and co-workers is a complex task that requires love, patience and intellect to build the business, as well as maintain a fulfilling marriage.

My business partner bosses me around

My husband and I started a business together and at first, we were doing well. However, he now acts like he is my boss and even shouts at me in...

My husband is punishing me for his mother's mistakes

My husband recently found out that the man who raised him is not his biological father. This shocking information was news to his father too at some point. Their relationship,...

KWEZI AND I...Mobility comes with its set of challenges

As you celebrate the fact that your child is now crawling or even walking, you tend to forget that her quest for mobility also comes with some challenges. For instance,...

When will my teen get her period?

Dear Doctor, My daughter made 16 and she’s never gotten her period. She developed breasts two years ago although they are rather small. I started worrying when she was 14...

HEALTHY LIVING: 7 reasons you NEED to eat carbs

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When you want to slim down or just eat healthier in general, it’s tempting to try to ditch carbs entirely. After all, we grew up in an Atkins diet-loving world,...

in the kitchen: Grilled Salmon

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A simple soy sauce and brown sugar marinade, with hints of lemon and garlic, are the perfect salty-sweet complement to rich salmon fillets.

Taking stock of maternity leave benefits scheme

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It is over eight months since the new law on maternity leave was published in the national gazette, effectively compelling all employers to implement maternity leave benefits scheme.

Kalimpinya on empowering teens through sex education

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Miss Rwanda 2017 third runner up, Queen Kalimpinya, is the co-founder of ‘Bambe Clubs’, an NGO that sensitises the youth on sexual reproductive rights. It began its operations last month...

KWEZI AND I...The barriers are being broken

As I have told you in the past, raising a child is a constant learning experience. For instance, Kwezi and I have conquered the porridge dilemma, having found the perfect...

Why does my baby sweat a lot?

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Sweating occurs due to eccrine glands, that is, sweat glands. These glands help to keep the body cool in face of excess temperature, either of the body or the environment....